(Image source: Stratfor)


BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Could war games lead to real war in the South China Sea? The U.S. and Philippines are engaged in annual war game exercises.

 

But with a real conflict brewing for two weeks now between China and The Philippines over disputed territory, the threat has escalated. Stratfor explains the conflict.

 

“The Chinese Philippine standoff near a disputed atoll entered its second day April 11th. ... More ships are en route to the scene, and the standoff continues.”

 

Tensions have been churning in the South China Sea for years now. The Los Angeles Times has the background, including why renewed tensions could escalate.

 

“The South China Sea has been at the center of long-running territorial disputes involving China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines. The sea is vital for the fishing industries of nearby countries. Some speculate that it could also contain vast oil and natural gas reserves, but surveys have yet to show any large-scale deposits.”

 

Still — this latest conflict has posed serious questions about sovereignty.  And ABC Australia notes, one question is rising above all others.

 

“What are the chances of a full-scale war erupting which could drag in China, The United States, The Philippines and Vietnam?  The answer is not as remote as you might think.”

 

Both the Philippines and Chinese navy now have frigates floating in the disputed waters. The Philippine Star talked with a Filipino general who says, his country won’t back down.

 

“Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippines and no one can conquer or take it from the Filipinos … while the military might be lacking in hardware, Filipino soldiers are known for their brave hearts in fighting enemies of the state.”

 

But China’s Xinhua News Agency says, the Chinese government is making concessions, quoting a Chinese official....

 

“Two Chinese vessels, a Fishery Administration ship … and a Chinese Maritime Surveillance ship … have already left the Huangyan Island area by Sunday … There is only one Maritime Surveillance ship remaining in the Huangyan Island area for its law enforcement mission.” 

 

Tension Between China and Phillipines Framed By War Exercise

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Apr 25, 2012

Tension Between China and Phillipines Framed By War Exercise

(Image source: Stratfor)


BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

Could war games lead to real war in the South China Sea? The U.S. and Philippines are engaged in annual war game exercises.

 

But with a real conflict brewing for two weeks now between China and The Philippines over disputed territory, the threat has escalated. Stratfor explains the conflict.

 

“The Chinese Philippine standoff near a disputed atoll entered its second day April 11th. ... More ships are en route to the scene, and the standoff continues.”

 

Tensions have been churning in the South China Sea for years now. The Los Angeles Times has the background, including why renewed tensions could escalate.

 

“The South China Sea has been at the center of long-running territorial disputes involving China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines. The sea is vital for the fishing industries of nearby countries. Some speculate that it could also contain vast oil and natural gas reserves, but surveys have yet to show any large-scale deposits.”

 

Still — this latest conflict has posed serious questions about sovereignty.  And ABC Australia notes, one question is rising above all others.

 

“What are the chances of a full-scale war erupting which could drag in China, The United States, The Philippines and Vietnam?  The answer is not as remote as you might think.”

 

Both the Philippines and Chinese navy now have frigates floating in the disputed waters. The Philippine Star talked with a Filipino general who says, his country won’t back down.

 

“Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippines and no one can conquer or take it from the Filipinos … while the military might be lacking in hardware, Filipino soldiers are known for their brave hearts in fighting enemies of the state.”

 

But China’s Xinhua News Agency says, the Chinese government is making concessions, quoting a Chinese official....

 

“Two Chinese vessels, a Fishery Administration ship … and a Chinese Maritime Surveillance ship … have already left the Huangyan Island area by Sunday … There is only one Maritime Surveillance ship remaining in the Huangyan Island area for its law enforcement mission.” 

 

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